Mango is one of the most important tropical fruits worldwide, with a production of around twenty-seven million tons per year. It is currently one of the most successful fruits in the fresh-cut industry. Although this food is native to India, the Ataulfo variety is Mexican, and, like the Haden variety, its consumption offers extraordinary benefits for human health. There are five reasons why you should eat mangos this season, in addition to their exquisite taste.
The mango is a powerful supplier of essential elements for an optimal health conditions, such as vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, and K, as well as minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, iodine, zinc, magnesium, sodium and phosphorus.
Thanks to its high amount of fiber and water, this fruit helps fight constipation, so if you are looking for a natural laxative, eating mango frequently will help regulate your digestive system, cleanse your intestinal tract and improve the microbiota. Also, this product is attributed with anti-inflammatory properties and regulation of the energetic processes of the metabolic syndrome, which helps to maintain body weight, as it is also an inhibitor of some digestive enzymes such as lipase and glucosidase.
Mango is Antioxidant
This food is considered a powerful antioxidant, because of its bioactive compounds such as polyphenols and carotenoids, which are found in the pulp and the skin (which can also be consumed in some mature varieties if properly washed), help counteract premature cellular aging and prevent degenerative diseases. In addition, they promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the microbiota and inhibit pathogenic bacteria.
This fruit is considered a functional food and nutraceutical, since the compounds it naturally contains have therapeutic benefits, such as vitamin A and C, which strengthen the immune system and help counteract allergies, mainly respiratory.
Derived from the amount of potassium that this food contains, it is estimated that it could have cardio-protective functions, that is to say, that it could help to regulate the heart rhythm, maintain appropriate blood pressure, and, therefore, prevent cardiovascular accidents. Likewise, it has been seen that the consumption of mango can help improve the lipid profile and prevent the formation of atherogenic plaque, which leads to the clogging of the arteries.